I refuse to be scared anymore
When you see things happen to other people, you say that can never happen to me, I’m an educated woman, I’m emancipated, I know what I want out of life and I know how to deal with such things. But when it does happen all you can think is, I can’t let people see me like this, I can’t let them know this happened to me. I got raped at school and our headmistress said I invited it, I got beaten by my husband and they said I provoked him, he does it again and they said I pushed him too far. And does he apologise, you wish. He says you asked for it. Show me a woman who asks to be raped, show me a woman who asks to be beaten up. Daily I ask myself, what is wrong with this picture; no-one is held responsible for their behaviour. It’s the victim who is made to feel like they did wrong, the victims have to live with the rope of shame around their necks, trying to make and believe excuses about why it happened to them.
The final straw was when he did it in front of my children. I remember the fear more than anything. Not fear that I was going to get beaten but fear of the effects the scene will have on my children. I saw my children cry on my behalf and I knew I had been quiet for far too long. I found an outlet in writing and as the words pour out so does the rage. Now I fight the dependency syndrome among women and empower women who are forced to stay in abusive marriages for the sake of their children or because they are too scared to face the world alone. I started working with sexually abused girls and victims of domestic violence, sharing their pain and letting them know that they are much stronger than the pain they are feeling.
It was when I was looking for writing opportunities online that I stumbled across Word Pulse and after interacting with other women and seeing what they are going through and how they have dealt with their circumstances, I know I am capable of changing the world, one word at a time. Now I walk with my head held high and I refuse to be ashamed anymore, I refuse to be scared and I know I have a community of women leaders, activists, and sisters on my side.